J.G Barrington – New York
IBF International Heavyweight title: Tomasz Adamek – UD – Kevin McBride [120-107, 119-108, 119-108]
Notes – Adamek dominated Irishman McBride over 12 rounds in what is most likely a tune-up for his September fracas with a Klitschko. Adamek, who is a ‘short’ heavyweight at 6’1.5 had little trouble locating a target much taller than he as McBride is measured at 6’6. McBride was deducted a point in the seventh due to holding. Embedded video above showcases a highlight reel from the fight (source – Youtube, Vvideostudio).
Heavyweight: Danny Williams – 1st Rd KO – Laszlo Toth
Notes – Prevented from boxing in his native England by the British Boxing Board of Control, Williams fights under his acronym of DPW. He made his opponent, Toth, look as much of a palooka as his previous adversary, Roth, winning his second successive early knockout victory in Germany.
Notes – In a particularly strange encounter, Gevor was disqualified from his bout with Stieglitz due to an apparent clash of heads… or maybe it was the UFC style throw to the canvas that was a case of both men pushing their say, rather than Gevor getting disgruntled. He even attacked the referee. Stieglitz retained his WBO belt. For a video of the complete fight click here.
Notes – In the first major stunner of the weekend, experienced Rubio dropped Lemieux, ruining the Canadian’s unblemished record. Rubio is now the mandatory challenger for the WBC strap at middleweight, which could mean a dust-up with the winner of Sebastian Zbik and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr or Sergio Martinez. For a video of the complete fight click here.
Notes – In another shock upset for the weekend, unheralded Japanese middleweight Ishida, 35, obliterated previously undefeated James Kirkland in a single round. Ishida thrice knocked Kirkland down before referee Joe Cortez called off the fight – much to the dismay of the loser. For scorecard, round summary, video and reaction of the Kirkland kayo, click here.
Welterweight: Paulie Malignaggi – UD – Jose Miguel Cotto [99-11, 99-91, 97-93]
Notes – Magic Man Malignaggi pulled out one of the most aggressive performances of his career as, even though he was never going to knock Jose Cotto out, he toyed with the Puerto Rican – successfully seeking revenge for losing a unanimous decision to sibling Miguel Cotto five years ago. For scorecard and round by round summary click here. For post-fight reaction click here.
Interim WBA World Super Lightweight title: Marcos Maidana – MD – Erik Morales [116-112, 116-112, 114-114]
Notes – Morales stood up to Maidana’s power and relentlessness while dishing back beautiful combinations. For the second successive year, Maidana is involved in a Fight of the Year candidate (three if you include his kayo win over Victor Ortiz). An ugly swelling caused one of Morales’ eyes to close so he fought 11 rounds like a cyclops. They must do a rematch. For scorecard and round by round summary click here. For post-fight reaction click here.
Super Lightweight: Danny Garcia – UD – Nate Campbell [100-90, 99-91, 98-92]
Notes – Campbell suffered successive defeat as Garcia bettered him in every single round according to one of the judge’s scorecards. The Philly boxer maintained an unbeaten record in one of three untelevised bouts at the Action Heroes event at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Interim WBA/WBO World Lightweight title: Robert Guerrero – UD – Michael Katsidis [118-106, 118-107, 117-108]
Notes – Guerrero looked a league above Katsidis, putting on a boxing clinic. He almost won every round had it not been for a late surge from Mick. The Aussie found great success with scything body shots which begs the question why he didn’t continue with that tactic. Guerrero will now most likely be matched up with a world champion. For scorecard and round by round summary click here. For post-fight reaction click here.
WBC World Super Featherweight title: Toshiaki Nishioka – 9th Rd KO – Mauricio Javier Munoz
Notes – As expected, Nishioka preserved his world champion status with a knockout victory over a tough Argentine who had only been twice defeated before. Nishioka won the bout with a flush left hook followed up with another brutal left to finish the job with just moments left in the 9th. “I think I galvanised Japan a little bit when the country is facing so many problems,” Nishioka beamed after the bout.
WBC World Featherweight title: Jhonny Gonzalez – 4th Rd TKO Hozumi Hasegawa
Notes – Gonzalez scored his eight successive kayo victory after losing by knockout to Nishioka. Hasegawa was down in the 4th and lost the WBC belt that he had only just won. Hasegawa demonstrated good speed to start, however, Gonzalez’s power proved too much for the Japanese featherweight.
British Bantamweight title: Stuart Hall – 5th Rd TKO – John Donnelly
Notes – Hall continued his command over the domestic bantamweight division in Britain with another stoppage, this time over Donnelly. Hall rises to 11-0-0 with 7 knockouts within that spell. Donnelly faced a count in the fourth and two again in the following round before the fight was called off.
WBO Female Super Featherweight title: Ramona Kuehne – UD – Arleta Krausova [118-112, 116-113, 113-115]
Notes – Female German super featherweight superstar Kuehne is as good as she is beautiful and once again she successfully defended three titles; one of them a world title. Krausova was a little known prospect having fought just three times but Kuehne had all the answers and took yet another woman’s zero.